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All-cause mortality and cancer incidence among adults exposed to blue asbestos during childhood†
Article first published online: 9 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 133–145, February 2013
How to Cite
Reid, A., Franklin, P., Olsen, N., Sleith, J., Samuel, L., Aboagye-Sarfo, P., de Klerk, N. and Musk, A.W. (2013), All-cause mortality and cancer incidence among adults exposed to blue asbestos during childhood. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 133–145. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22103
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 9 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 JUL 2012
- National Health and Medical Research Council. Grant Number: 634458
- cancer incidence;
There are few data on the long-term health outcomes of exposure to asbestos in childhood. This study investigated cancer and mortality of adults exposed to blue asbestos as children.
Data linkage to relevant health registries was used to identify cancers and mortality in a cohort of adults (n = 2,460) that had lived in an asbestos mining town during their childhood (<15 years).
There were 217 (93 female) incident cancers and 218 (70 female) deaths among the cohort. Compared with the Western Australian population females had elevated mesothelioma, ovarian and brain cancers, and increased “all cause” and “all cancer” mortality. Males had elevated mesothelioma, leukemia, prostate, brain, and colorectal cancers, and excess mortality from “all causes,” “all cancers,” circulatory disease, diseases of the nervous system, and accidents.
Exposure to blue asbestos in childhood is associated with an increased risk of cancer and mortality in adults. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:133–145, 2013. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.